Review copy provided by Lionsgate.
Everyone has seen at least one whodunnit. From the many adventures of Hercule Poirot, to the murder she brings Jessica Fletcher and to Mr “just one more thing” Columbo, within the genre of whodunnit it’s hard to be innovative and come up with new concepts. Knives Out feels like a breath of fresh air and is one of the best films of last year. Writer director Rian Johnson is well known for trying to subvert people’s expectations and this mindset really adds to what easily could have been an unoriginal and predictable film. Instead you are on the edge of your seat as you try to figure how all the pieces fit together or how Daniel Craig explains it with a doughnut hole analogy.
Speaking of Daniel Craig, he is absolutely fantastic as Benoit Blanc and I love his southern accent it’s a nice homage to Poirot. The rest of the cast is fantastic, Ana de Armes is a true standout as Marta. The film is a visual treat, it’s very well shot and it the soundtrack that goes along with the visuals is just great. The soundtrack really adds to the tone of the film and is just excellent. The whole mystery is just so well done, they never hide information from the audience so that the mystery is smarter than it actually is. Knives out is just flat out fantastic. Even if you have seen every whodunnit, you haven’t seen one like this.
Knives Out is out on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray on March 30th